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Flying The Warmth Of The Islands (POS-MIA)  
User currently offlineBW424 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2008, 1436 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8977 times:

Hi everyone

Here is another TR on one of my most frequently travelled routes, Miami---Port-of-Spain----Miami. This TR covers POS-MIA once again. I had gone down to Trinidad for my Spring Break week which was very relaxing! Spending time with family and friends is always fun, at least for me.Well, after a very nice week in sweet T&T, it was time to head back to MIA to get back to the grind. The flight was scheduled to leave at 8:30am, so I got up at 4am, left the house at 5am and arrived at Piarco International Airport at 5:45am.


Airline:Caribbean Airlines
Flight No:BW 484
Route: POS-MIA
Date:14 Mar 2009
Aircraft: B737-800W
Sched. Dep: 8:30am
Actual Dep: 8:23am
Sched. Arr: 12:30pm
Actual Arr: 12:14pm
Duration: 3.7 hrs
J load: 85%
Y load: 80%
Seat: 7F

When I checked in online, I had the option of taking seat 6A, but decided to remain with my original seat, 7F. Once at Piarco, I proceeded to the web-checkin desk where I dropped off my bags. The whole process took 5mins for the most. After that, I decided to have a little bite with my dad before heading to the departure lounge.

9Y-SLU, BW's 7th and latest B738 and ex N317TZ with ATA. Dash 8 9Y-WIL in the foregorund doing the usual POS-TAB runs.


After that quick bite, I said my goodbyes and proceeded to the gate, which was gate 14.At gate 14, 9Y-GEO pulled up to the gate. I was glad to get her as on three consecutive occasions before this leg, I got 9Y-KIN!

9Y-GEO sitting pretty at the gate.


Close-up of the tail


While waiting at the gate, I started to feel a little unwell, more specifically upset. So my zest to do some POS spotting faded and I just decided to concentrate on getting pics of just my flight. At 7:45am, boarding was called in an orderly fashion, but you know there are always those people who still think that they should be the first to board no matter what seat no. they have.

9Y-WIL seen from seat 7F before pushback.


The plane was pretty full seeing it was March IMO, but then again it was a Saturday too. Final preparations were completed and we pushed back for an early departure.The Captain came on and pleasantly relayed info on the flight such as our routing, weather and est. time of arrival at MIA.

After pushback


Taxing past the terminal for departure on rwy 10 at POS.


Crossing rwy 10 at intersection.

Instead of entering the runway at the intersection and backtracking the runway which a couple times I have experienced previously(as saves time), the Captain chose to do it the usual way and use the taxiway all the way down to the hold short point.

Once on the runway, the flying pilot performed a rolling takeoff. As it is with BW 738W's, the cargo and the pax load meant a long and enjoyable rotation.

Seconds after rotation......


Not to long after departure, breakfast was served which consisted of a ham and cheese croissant, a packaged snack, a granola bar and a fruity desert. Because of how I was feeling, I opted not to take it. The F/A asked why not and I told her my situation. She proceeded to check at the back if there was anything for my upset stomach. Unfortunately, there was nothing, but she gave me an extra can of coke to try and aid in the settling of my stomach. The very nice F/A checked on me twice during flight to ask if it helped to which I responded 'yes'.

My coke........


At cruising altitude FL390.



The Captain subsequently came on with some updated info on the flight and weather as well as acted as a virtual tour guide informing pax on either side when an island became visible. But, I have done this route many times before and because of how I was feeling, I wasn't too interested. It is however, very courteous of him to do it for those that are not familiar.

Tea or coffee was then served. Not too long after, we were approaching the South Coast of Miami and initiated our decent into MIA.

Descending and approaching Miami South Coast


Coast in sight....


Right base for lining up on rwy 9 and establishment on the localizer.


Final approach


After touchdown


The landing was very good, but I have experienced better. Breaking was considerable to make the highspeed taxiway exit.On my trip down to POS the landing was a real greaser. People were literally asking if we touched ground and clapped!

Anyway, we taxied to gate J2 at Terminal J. The Captain was there to see off most passengers as they disembarked. Then it was off to the "very freindly" immigration at MIA.

Overall, this trip was very smooth with the service standards I expected from young and rising Caribbean Airlines.It's a shame I wasn't feeling well to fully enjoy the entire experience that I never get tired of.

I hope that you enjoyed this TR and feel free to leave a comment.


It is what we think we know already that prevents us from learning.......
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User currently offline9YCAL From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2008, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8831 times:

Good TR BW424. Looking forward to the next one!

User currently offlineEWRkid1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8500 times:

I love Caribbean!!! They had the best inflight service I had ever expereinced since I began flying. Unfortunetly my captain kinda slammed it down and stomped on the breaks on arrival in Piarco. But my first trip out of the US with them was awesome, and seeing the Caribbean Ocean at 38,000 ft. during sunset was one of the most beautiful things I've seen. Great report BW424, I look forward to a lot more in the future!
-EWRkid1990


User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3437 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8258 times:

Great report. Always a pleasure to read a trip report on CAL!

AA1818



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
User currently offlineBW985 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Nov 2007, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8218 times:

Hey BW424,
Thanks for sharing the nice report and pics!
I enjoyed it.

BW985


User currently offlineBW424 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2008, 1436 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8094 times:



Quoting 9YCAL (Reply 1):
Good TR BW424. Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks 9YCAL!

Quoting EWRkid1990 (Reply 2):
I love Caribbean!!! They had the best inflight service I had ever expereinced since I began flying. Unfortunetly my captain kinda slammed it down and stomped on the breaks on arrival in Piarco. But my first trip out of the US with them was awesome, and seeing the Caribbean Ocean at 38,000 ft. during sunset was one of the most beautiful things I've seen. Great report BW424, I look forward to a lot more in the future!

Glad to hear your pleasant experiences on the airline! Alot of CAL pilots try to make the first runway exit as it saves time, effort and believe it or not, fuel.

Quoting AA1818 (Reply 3):
Great report. Always a pleasure to read a trip report on CAL!

Thanks AA1818

Quoting BW985 (Reply 4):
Hey BW424,
Thanks for sharing the nice report and pics!
I enjoyed it.

Glad to read you enjoyed it BW985!



It is what we think we know already that prevents us from learning.......
User currently offlineAirJamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7933 times:



Quoting BW424 (Thread starter):
Here is another TR on one of my most frequently travelled routes, Miami---Port-of-Spain----Miami.

Great TR there 424. Photos are excellent.

Rgds.



greenheart
User currently offlineBW424 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2008, 1436 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7715 times:



Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 6):
Great TR there 424. Photos are excellent.

Rgds.

Thanks alot AirJamaica. Really appreciated!!



It is what we think we know already that prevents us from learning.......
User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7602 times:

Thank you BW424, this a great trip report on new BW. As always it has reinvented itself. Your pics remind me so much of good old POS, Trinidad. Too bad you were not so well - I hope that you are better now.

Thanks again. Very well done.

TrinToCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineBW424 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2008, 1436 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7231 times:



Quoting Trintocan (Reply 8):

Thanks alot Trintocan!!!



It is what we think we know already that prevents us from learning.......
User currently offlineCaribbeanAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6965 times:

Wonderful Report on Caribbean Airlines!!! Nice photos of Piarco and of your descent into Miami. I hope your trip was enjoyable! Thanks for sharing your experiences with the community!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27312 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6947 times:



Quoting BW424 (Thread starter):
9Y-GEO

very nice Reg . lol...

Thanks for the report. Id love to fly with them. Id love to come to the Caribbean again also. Looking forward to the next Caribbean report.

OA260


User currently offlineJm02 From France, joined Mar 2009, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

Nice trip report and the photos are great especially love seeing the hills in the background at POS, brings back fond memories of my time there last year.

User currently offlineBW424 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2008, 1436 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6287 times:



Quoting CaribbeanAir (Reply 10):



Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):



Quoting Jm02 (Reply 12):

Thanks guys for the nice remarks!



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